Rome — Food crises will affect tens of millions of people across the world this year, researchers warned on Tuesday, after war, extreme weather and economic woes in 2018 left more than 113-million in dire need of help. Conflict and insecurity were responsible for the desperate situation faced by 74-million people, or two-thirds of those affected, in 2018, said the Food Security Information Network’s (FSIN) annual “Global Report on Food Crises”. The FSIN is a global project sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Analysing 53 countries, it uses a five-phase scale with the third level classified as crisis, fourth as emergency, and fifth as famine/catastrophe. Luca Russo, FAO’s senior food crises analyst, warns that millions more are now at risk of reaching level three and above. “The 113-million is what we call the tip of the iceberg. If you look at the numbers further down, you have pe...

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